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Anthony LaPaglia to lead CBS terrorism drama, Josh Lucas cast in NBC's 'The Mysteries of Laura'

Three faces familiar to TV viewers have been confirmed as joining broadcast drama pilots slated for next season.

Anthony LaPaglia is returning to CBS to lead the network’s untitled terrorism drama from Nikki Toscano (Revenge) and Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel). The actor, who could be seen on Without a Trace for seven seasons, will play a retired CIA operative-turned-high school football coach. When a catastrophic event hits Washington, D.C., he is pulled back into action to investigate the new generation of terrorists.

LaPaglia won a Golden Globe and earned Emmy and SAG nominations for his role as Jack Malone on CBS’s Without a Trace. He also won an Emmy for a guest spot on Frasier.

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'Pretty Little Liars' star Bryce Johnson cast in 'Supernatural' spin-off pilot

Bryce Johnson, best-known as Detective Darren Wilden on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, has been cast in the Supernatural spin-off, Supernatural: Bloodlines, EW has confirmed.

There are no details on Johnson’s role, but the actor did tweet about a quasi-PLL reunion, as he joins PLL alums and spin-off stars Sean Faris and Nathaniel Buzolic for the pilot currently filming in Vancouver.

Bloodlines centers around Violet (Melissa Roxburgh), a member of the werewolf pack and her forbidden love for family rival David (Buzulic). The series is described as a “sweeping drama about the various mafia-esque monster families that, unknowingly to humans, run the underbelly of Chicago and who are being tracked by a newly minted hunter who’s trying to stop them and rid Chicago of anything or anyone supernatural.”

The spin-off pilot will air as part of the regular Supernatural season on CW.

Anne Heche joins Jason Isaacs in USA's 'Dig' miniseries

Anne Heche fans won’t have to dig too deep to find the Emmy-winning actress back on the small screen this year.

Heche (Save Me) has joined the upcoming USA Network six-episode action-adventure series Dig, from co-creators and executive producers Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland). She joins previously-announced star Jason Isaacs (Awake).

Dig is set and will shoot in Jerusalem as well as other international locations. The series follows FBI detective Peter Connelly (Isaacs) who becomes a murder suspect after trying to track down a religious artifact that could trigger an event that would change the course of history. Heche will play Peter’s boss and only friend, Lynn, the head of the Jerusalem FBI office. Though she is tough and not afraid of anyone on her team – including Peter, her occasional lover – she has a sense of humor and soft side.  

The event series will premiere on USA Network in late 2014.

Dave Annable scrubbing in for Fox soap pilot

Brothers & Sisters alum Dave Annable is giving the prime-time soap world another go.

EW has learned that Annable has been cast as a series regular in Fox pilot Red Band Society, the hospital soap about a group of teenage patients who form a bond while being treated in a children’s wing. Octavia Spencer also recently signed onto the project.

Annable, who last appeared in ABC’s 666 Park Avenue, will play Dr. William McAndrew, a rock star pediatric oncologist and surgeon who is compassionate and dedicated to his job but tries — usually in vain — not to get attached to his young patients.

The one-hour dramedy, from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, is considered a strong contender for fall. Fox will announce its official 2014-15 slate in May at the annual Upfronts presentations in New York City. Spielberg, Margaret Nagle and Justin Falvey are among the exec producers.

'Grey's Anatomy' shocker: Isaiah Washington returning!

Dr. Burke is checking back in to Grey’s Anatomy.

EW has learned that Isaiah Washington is set to reprise his role as the heart surgeon/former flame of Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) in an episode airing in May. This marks Washington’s first appearance on the ABC medical drama since season 3, when his character left Cristina at the altar and the actor was let go from the series.

Creator Shonda Rhimes said in a statement that the character’s return is an integral part of providing closure to Cristina Yang, whose portrayer Oh is set to leave the series at the end of this season.  “It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” Rhimes said. “Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”

Since leaving Grey’s Anatomy, Washington has appeared in bit parts on TV shows like Single Ladies and Law & Order: LA and will next appear in the CW’s 100, premiering this month.

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Lindsay Lohan to guest on '2 Broke Girls'

Lindsay Lohan is about to make life a little harder for Max and Caroline on 2 Broke Girls.

CBS announced today that the actress is set to appear in an episode of its female-led comedy, playing a character named Claire Guinness, a bride-to-be who enlists Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) to make her wedding cake. But soon after taking the gig, it becomes clear to the cake-making duo that Claire has trouble making decisions. The episode is scheduled to air April 14.

This is far from the first time Lohan has appeared on the small screen. She has done guest spots on Glee, Anger Management and Ugly Betty and will soon be the subject of a documentary series on the OWN network.

NBC's 'Constantine' completes series regular casting

NBC’s Constantine centers around John Constantine, a supernatural detective who finds himself having to defend the world against dark forces. The hour-long drama is based on characters from DC Comics and stars Matt Ryan as John Constantine. And now, the show has completed its series regular casting by adding three more name to the call sheet.

Sons of Anarchy‘s Harold Perrineau has joined the cast as Manny, “an authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine.” Manny is described as having the ability to “step into other people’s bodies.” His role is mainly to observe, but he is known to take action if it means saving a life.

Next up, True Blood‘s Lucy Griffiths has also joined the cast. Griffiths will play Liv, “an offbeat young lady who finds herself teamed up with Constantine after she’s marked for death by a powerful demon.” Liv’s ability to see the supernatural among the human makes her a hot commodity in the war against evil.

Finally, True Detective‘s Charles Halford will play Chas, “Constantine’s oldest friend and staunch companion.” Chas is known for his survival skills, which might not be human after all.

Mila Kunis to guest on 'Two and a Half Men'

Two and a Half Men is staging a That ’70s Show reunion. 

CBS has announced that Mila Kunis, who previously played Jackie on the retro sitcom and in real life plays the role of significant other to series star Ashton Kutcher, has been tapped to guest star in an upcoming episode. Kunis will play Vivian, a young, beautiful, free-spirited world traveler who has an instant connection with Kutcher’s Walden. Normally, this wouldn’t be a problem, except Walden meets Vivian, whom he thinks is “the one,” just before he was set to propose to another woman.

Kunis, who played opposite husband-to-be Kutcher on ’70s Show for eight seasons, will next be seen in Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum, and currently lends her voice to Fox’s Family Guy.

'Supernatural: Tribes' enlists (another!) 'Vampire Diaries' alum

The upcoming Supernatural spin-off continues to pluck talent from the vast Vampire Diaries alumni files.

The latest? Stephen Martines, who has been tapped for a series regular spot on Supernatural: Tribes and most recently played ultra-violent vamp Frederick (a.k.a.: Pearl’s tomb buddy) on TVD in seasons 1 and 3. Martines will play Det. Freddie Costa, a world-weary Chicago cop who serves as a mentor to main character Ennis (Lucien Laviscount) but is also secretly on the payroll of one of the city’s most powerful monster families.

As previously reported, the spin-off, which will air as an episode of Supernatural on April 29, will tell the story of warring Chicago-area monster families and follow a new hunter’s (Laviscount) quest to stop the fighting and rid the city of all things supernatural.

Martinez joins fellow TVD alums Nathaniel Buzolic and Sean Faris in the project.

The studio also announced today that Danielle Savre, who played one of Hayden Panettiere’s cheerleader buddies in Heroes, has been cast in the series regular role of Margo The character is said to be the head of an influential shapeshifter family.

Drew Tarver joins 'How I Met Your Dad'

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The How I Met Your Dad gang is starting to come together. Soon enough, they’ll need a booth to fit them all.

But for now, EW has confirmed that Drew Tarver has been cast as Todd, Sally’s “best friend and roommate from college who is now married to her brother.” Sally is of course played by Greta Gerwig.

Tarver was discovered at a CBS Diversity Showcase in January and signed to a CBS Talent Holding Deal before being cast in the How I Met Your Mother spin-off. He previously worked on Animal Practice and Newsreaders.

Jane Lynch to guest star on 'Girl Meets World'

Well, if Cory and Topanga’s daughter Riley decides she wants to be a cheerleader, we hear there could be someone in town worthy of coaching her. Or perhaps that’s a really, really bad idea.

Regardless, when Jane Lynch was recently asked on Twitter if there was any truth to the rumors that she will guest star on Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World, the Glee actress responded, “Yes there is truth.” Could she be a quirky neighbor? A love interest for Mr. Feeny? Let the speculation begin!

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Alec Baldwin to guest star as 'a controversial New York newspaper columnist' on 'Law & Order: SVU'

While Alec Baldwin just penned a column in which he vows to quit public life, he’s not leaving just yet: We’ve got details about his upcoming guest appearance on Law & Order: SVU.

Baldwin will play Jimmy MacArthur, “a controversial New York newspaper columnist who questions the SVU squad’s motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case.” Rumor has it that MacArthur will directly butt heads with SVU’s finest, Sergeant Olivia Benson.

“New York City has had a long history of high profile and controversial newspaper columnists, whose influence extends beyond the newsroom,” Executive Producer Warren Leight said in a press release. “In our story, ‘Jimmy Mac’s’ reporting  interferes with the investigation, which has a ripple effect when the case goes to trial. We couldn’t ask for a better actor for Mariska to work with in her directorial debut. Their chemistry on screen is palpable.”

But Baldwin isn’t the only one appearing in Mariska Hargitay’s directorial debut episode: Katie Couric is set to cameo, “playing herself as a talk show host who quizzes MacArthur about the headline grabbing case.”

The episode airs Wednesday, March 19, at 9 p.m.on NBC.

'Franklin & Bash' invites Mike Tyson into the ring this summer -- EXCLUSIVE

You know it’s worth watching when they’ve got a Mike Tyson cameo.

Franklin & Bash returns for a fourth season this summer, and in one episode the boys will have Mr. Face Tattoo to reckon with. The amazing John Michael Higgins (Pitch Perfect, Best in Show) will also star in the episode as Gordon Derringer, a restauranteur and rival of Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell), the head of the law firm. As a power play, Derringer hires Iron Mike to rough up Infeld, but Franklin and Bash take him on instead. Tyson will play himself. Word is out on the tiger; I hope she’ll be playing herself too.

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